GCID Small Grants Fund

To ensure the University of Glasgow is supporting the development of new and emerging partnerships in international development research, the GCID Small Grants Fund provides pump-priming and partnership development funding to support the co-development of external grant applications focussed on tackling low- and middle-income country (LMIC) challenges.

Please note that awards made through any internal funding calls are not eligible for inclusion in applications for promotion. In order to support the development of strong applications, we encourage all potential applicants to contact the International Development Research Manager Mary Ryan for advice on strengthening their proposals. 

GCID Small Grants Fund

The 2024-25 call welcomes two types of applications, both of which use the same application form. Our intention is to ensure the benefits of the fund are distributed across the entire university community rather than concentrating awards with a small number of PIs. As such, applicants may submit a maximum of one application as Principal Investigator. At least 25% of the funds available are prioritized for Early Career Researcher-led applications. All applications must include a completed Application Form and a GCID Small Grants Costing Template.

The deadline for applications is 09:00 on February 22nd, 2024. Applicants are required to contact their local College Research Office (which includes their relevant Project Coordinator) by January 31st, 2024 to inform them of their intention to submit and to ensure sufficient time for Project Coordinators to complete their components of the application. The two call types are:

  • Pump-Priming Activities - Teams, wherever possible working across the remit of two or more research councils (applications involving PIs or Co-Is from the College of Arts are particularly welcome) and including new partners in ODA recipient countries, to collect pilot data or conduct scoping studies to support the development of large-scale research proposals addressing challenges relevant to one or more ODA recipient countries. Value: Up to £20,000.
  • Meetings and Exchanges - To support the development of new interdisciplinary partnerships and relationships through reciprocal visits with collaborators in ODA recipient countries to develop grant proposals addressing challenges relevant to one or more ODA recipient countries. This call will be particularly relevant for early career researchers who seek to develop research collaborations with LMIC country partners but have struggled to develop research proposals without existing relationships. Value: Up to £10,000.

If you are unsure about any aspect of the application process, contact Mary Ryan and ask.  We want your application to be as strong and competitive as possible.